AOC Laser Scan technology stars in Virtual Reality Zoom Through


Wednesday 19 October, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate


Enthusiasts of architecture, archaeology, technology, music and art are invited to experience York’s heritage as never before!


Local artists and archaeologists have worked together to create a colourful virtual reality experience drawn from the stunning architecture of St Margaret’s Church on Walmgate. AOC Archaeology group has used laser-scanning technology to record millions of pin point measurements of St Margaret’s Church. This information will be transformed into a virtual reality journey that visitors can experience using smartphones and VR goggles.


This is a partnership project between the AOC Archaeology Group and National Centre for Early Music. Delma Tomlin, Director of National Centre for Early Music explains; “It has been exciting for us to partner up York based company AOC archaeology group for the first time and fascinating to see their laser scans of our beautiful church. Artist and technologist Annabeth Robinson and musician Jez Wells have translated these scans into an installation and VR experience allowing us to experience the building in a whole new way.”

 Vespertine LAser Scan

The event is the latest installment of Vespertine, a series of early evening events in York. The project is another innovative example of organisations in York working together to respond to the heritage of the city in order to create something experimental and contemporary; demonstrating the potential of York’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Media Arts.

The following events take place at the NCEM on Wednesday 19 October:

4.00 – 5.00pm Families Workshop Session: An opportunity to use a variety of instruments including a ‘sound beam’ and an X-Box controller to control the light and sound in the church, transforming the space. Places for this session are free but limited – to register interest please email or call 01904 658338.


5.30pm-7.30pm Vespertine Event: Take an immersive digital journey and experience a sound installation that bring St Margaret’s church and laser scans to life.


7.00pm Meet the Artists: An opportunity to learn more about the process of creating the VR experience and sound installation with a short explanation from Annabeth Robinson and Jez Wells


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